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My opinion on New Years Resolutions - Not worth the hype!




Writing New Year's resolutions has been a common practice for many, yet I am here to give you permission to not buy in. Instead of putting pressure on ourselves to achieve specific goals, it may be more beneficial to approach the new year with compassion and self-acceptance. Embracing the present moment and being kind to ourselves can lead to a more positive and fulfilling experience.


Research has shown that the pressure of keeping New Year's resolutions can sometimes do more harm than good. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's goals. This high rate of failure can lead to feelings of disappointment and self-criticism, which are counterproductive to personal growth and well-being. By choosing not to set strict resolutions, we can give ourselves the freedom to adapt to the changes and challenges that the new year may bring. This doesn't mean we shouldn't have goals or aspirations, but rather that we should approach them with flexibility and kindness. Practicing self-compassion has been linked to lower levels of anxiety and depression, as well as greater resilience in the face of adversity.


So, instead of making a list of rigid resolutions, consider approaching the new year with an open heart and a gentle attitude toward yourself.... and others. Allow yourself to embrace the present moment and all its possibilities. To be clear, this does not mean giving up on personal growth, but rather approaching it from a place of understanding and self-care.


So, here is your permission slip to NOT write New Year's resolutions. By giving yourself compassion and allowance, you can create a more positive and nurturing environment for personal growth. Embracing the new year for what it is, instead of what we feel pressured to make it, can lead to a more fulfilling and joyful experience.


Journal of Clinical Psychology: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jclp.22029 Self-Compassion and Psychological Well-Being: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2003-01949-004

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